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An initial decision by the European Commission not to register an initiative against a free trade agreement between the EU and the US led to Europe-wide protests
03-08-2017
Window of opportunity for direct democracy
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level - will be decided.
Stop Glyphosate ECI
13-07-2017
“Stop Glyphosate” - Fourth successful ECI
On 3rd July the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate” submitted more than one million signatures to the European Commission, making it the fourth successful ECI and the first successfully submitted ECI in over two years. The goal of the ECI is...
Country in Focus Hungary
12-07-2017
‘We need to awake from apathy and powerlessness’
In Country in focus, Democracy International takes a closer look at advances in direct democracy and citizen participation worldwide. This month, the spotlight is on Hungary. From 19 to 21 May 2017, Democracy International held a 'Happening for our Democratic Culture' in...
Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
„Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative geht nicht weit genug“
Ein Gespräch mit Lukas Wegmüller, Co-Generalsekretär der Neuen Europäischen Bewegung Schweiz über die Stärken und Schwächen der Schweizer direkten Demokratie und die Europäische Union aus eidgenössischer Perspektive.                 
Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
‘The ECI needs to become stronger’
The New European Movement of Switzerland is one of the few organisations defying the current political trend to promote an accession to the European Union of Switzerland and to push for concrete steps to make the EU much more democratic. Established in 1998, the ...
Commissioner Timmermans at ECI Day 2017, Photo: The ECI Campaign
23-04-2017
EU Commission up for more direct democracy
On 11 April 2017, in a rare moment of positive international news for more democracy, the European Commission declared to revise the EU legislation concerning the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The announcement came after arduous campaigns by Democracy International and...
Commissioner Timmermans at ECI Day 2017, Photo: The ECI Campaign
23-04-2017
EU Kommission will Bürgerinitiative verbessern
Am 11. April 2017 hat die Europäische Kommission verkündet, die EU-Gesetze zu überarbeiten, die die Regeln der EU Bürgerinitiative bestimmen. Die Nachricht kam überraschend. Noch im Oktober 2016 hatte das höchste EU-Organ dem Druck von Democracy International und anderen...
Citizen Europe
30-03-2017
Contested ECI turns five years on Saturday
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct democracy at transnational level provides EU citizens with the constitutional right to address the decision-making process of the EU...
Barroso, Merkel and Pöttering signing the Berlin Declaration. Source: EC Audiovisual Service
23-03-2017
Please, not another EU Declaration!
On 25 March 2017, yet another EU Declaration will be adopted as EU leaders gather in Rome to “celebrate” the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty. But as the European integration process is experiencing its deepest crisis, yet we should invest into more democracy at the...
Barroso, Merkel and Pöttering signing the Berlin Declaration. Source: EC Audiovisual Service
23-03-2017
Wir brauchen keine Feiertexte!
Am 25. März 2017 verabschiedeten die EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs anlässlich des 60. Jahrestags der Römischen Verträge eine weitere EU-Erklärung. Doch die EU braucht mehr Demokratie statt Worte, will sie die großen Krisen meistern. Ein Kommentar von Cora Pfafferott....

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